The Sacagawea dollar is a United States dollar coin first minted in 2000. It was introduced as a replacement for the Susan B. Anthony dollar. The coin features an obverse by Glenna Goodacre and an eagle design by Thomas D. Rogers. Since 2009, the reverse has been changed yearly, with each design depicting a different aspect of Native American cultures.
About Sacagawea dollar in brief
The Sacagawea dollar is a United States dollar coin first minted in 2000. It was introduced as a replacement for the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which proved useful for vending machine operators and mass transit systems despite being unpopular with the public. These coins have a copper core clad by manganese brass, giving them a distinctive golden color. The coin features an obverse by Glenna Goodacre and an eagle design by Thomas D. Rogers. Since 2009, the reverse has been changed yearly, with each design in the series depicting a different aspect of Native American cultures. The coins are marketed as “Native American dollars” and have a gold-colored edge, to make it easily distinguishable from the quarter-dollar. Mintage numbers were reduced by over 90% in 2012, in line with a similar reduction for the even less popular Presidential Dollars, due to large stockpiles of unused coins from that series. The Mint has retained ownership of the few such coins produced, and the coins were erroneously struck with the obverse of a state quarter and the normal reverse in the first year of production. The mint’s authority to strike the coins was questioned, and this idea was quickly abandoned after the Mint’s authority was questioned. The Sacagwea dollar was not minted for general circulation until 2002 to 2008 and again from 2012 onward due to its general unpopularity with thepublic and low business demand for the coin. It has been the subject of a number of books, including the book “The Shoshone Guide to the Lewis and Clark Expedition: A History of the Lewis & Clark Expedition and the American Expedition” by James Clark Clark and James Clark, Jr.
The Statue of Liberty was originally proposed as the design subject, but SacagAWea was eventually chosen. The new dollar coin was heavily marketed by the Mint in a series of print, radio, and television advertisements, as well as Mint partnerships with Walmart and Cheerios. Since there was little interest in the coin as a circulating medium, most were placed in United States Mint and Federal Reserve vaults throughout the country, and mintage ceased after 1981. Despite their initial lack of popularity, by the mid 1990s the Treasury’s supply of Anthony dollars began to dwindle due to their widespread use in vending machines and increasing usage in mass transit system. In 1997, several bills were introduced to Congress with the intent of resuming mintage of small-sized dollar coins to keep up with demand. On November 9, 1997, the United States Senate approved the necessary legislation and the U.S. House of Representatives did the same on November 13, 1997. On December 1, 1998, President Clinton signed the 50–124 Public Coin Program Act, which became Section 105–124 of the Act. The act also gave the Secretary of the Treasury the authority to resume production of Susan B Anthony coins until the demand for such coins for the dollar fills the need for a new coin. The Act of 1997 stated in part: “The coin shall be golden in color, have a distinctive edge, and make it readily discernable that the coin is readily discernible”